Ancient India was known as the birthplace of several important scientific discoveries. Modern India is, however, riddled with superstitions and unsurprisingly lags behind in inculcating in its citizens a scientific outlook.
Narendra Dabholkar (1945-2013) was an Indian Humanist known for leading a grassroots movement against superstition, pseudo-science, religious intolerance, and caste-based discrimination. Because of his activism, he drew the ire of right-wing Hindu nationalists. On August 20, 2013, while on a morning promenade, Dabholkar was shot dead by two gunmen.